Mom died, my brother and I are at odds, must I go to mediation AND pay property taxes while he squats on her property?
I was willing to let him remain on property IF he paid property taxes and insurance. He hasn't, and now, a year later, my probate-real estate attorney has been kowtowed by their attorney into mediation a few days AFTER property taxes will begin to accrue penalties and interest. He's squatted there all year.
At this point, what can I do to convince my attorney, my brother and his pushy daughter than I am determined to 50% ownership, and if he pay taxes and insurance he can stay. If not, he will be evicted and the property will be sold in accordance with mom's will? Note: I've recently learned about the possibilities of "reasonable rent" -- but not by my own attorney.
1 attorney answer
Pay the property taxes out of the estate funds. Go to mediation--but insist that the provisions of the Will govern, and your brother must move out within a reasonable period of time, and get the house sold!